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Our Wines in the Press 

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): "My tasting note describes a wine smelling of gunflint and apples, and tasting it was a bit like the electric shock of diving into icy water with warm sun on your neck. It had beautifully ripe citrus fruit, sliced into ribbons by the glorious acidity. It's the kind of wine you want to drink on a hot day with equally crisp food (fresh tomato salads, goat's cheese, a bowl of rocket leaves dressed in punchy green olive oil, cold prawns dipped in aioli, chicken breast seared over coals and drizzled with tarragon mayonnaise…). It's wonderfully appetising and so vigorous that a glass of this would make me want to go for a run!” - Wine of the Week, 8th June 2018

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Viognier ‘1753’, Chateau de Campuget, Vin de Pays du Gard, France 2016 - £12.95

Matthew Jukes: "This Viognier is one of the most luxurious and sensual I have found at this price.  Normally, elite wines made from this grape cost upwards of £50, but this example has all of the apricot blossom and nutmeg notes I search for at a great price.  Drink it with the heavenly Pizza Fiorentina with egg & spinach."
 

Decanter Magazine's 'Outstanding' South African Chardonnay: 96/100 points 

Thelema Sutherland Chardonnay, Elgin, South African 2015 - £12.95
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Tim Atkin MW (Decanter Magazine): "An alluring meaty, aromatic, reductive nose - complex stuff. It is dense, smoky and mineral, as well as long and savoury with tangy acidity. This has lovely focus and a fine, tapering finish. Very classy!" 96 points

John Hoskins MW (Decanter Magazine): "Struck match complexity comes through to the fore; it is modern and very expressive. A truly fine Chardonnay. Spice and tightly wound richness combines with excellent freshness underpinning the whole. How can this be under £13?! This is where South Africa rules the roost - exceptional, unbeatable value in the mid-price tier. " 96 points

Greg Sherwood MW (Decanter Magazine): "It is hard to deny the complex nose of struck match reduction on this wine, which mingles with green pears and dusty granitic minerality. Lean and austere, just like a young premier cry Burgundy: super linear with rapier acidity. Serious stuff - I love it." 95 points
 

Strenua Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2015 - £26.00, 17.5/20 points
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JancisRobinson.com: "85% whole-bunch fermented. Matured six months in 500-litre puncheons. Peppery! So well defined. Fresh steak tartare, blueberry, blackcurrant and fine tannin. So drinkable! Yet very serious. Wonderful appealing softness." 17.5/20 points

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Jamsheed 'Garden Gully' Syrah, Great Western, Australia 2013
£29.50, 18/20 points

JancisRobinson.com: "Olive and black cherry flavours with very fine tannic bite. Soft, meaty and mineral. Extraordinary clarity." 18/20 points


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Lethbridge Shiraz, Geelong, Victoria, Australia 2013
£30.00, 17.5/20 points

JancisRobinson.com: "Planted 1969. 100% whole bunch fermentation.There's a vegetal note here from the stems, which works brilliantly in the mix. Vibrant metallic minerality too - crunchy, fresh, ferrous, earthy and bloody. Drink 2016-2024." 17.5/20 points

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Decanter Magazine's 'Outstanding' New Zealand Pinot Noir: 95/100 points

Schubert 'Marion's Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Wairarapa, New Zealand 2013 - £27.50

Decanter Magazine: Schubert makes two flagship Pinot Noir labels: the more structured Block B and this more approachable, but no less intense wine. It's made from just two Pinot Noir clones: the Pommard clone and so-called Abel clone which is rumoured to have been taken from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti's La Tache vineyard and is exclusive to New Zealand. From a top vintage and made with an eye on quality from vineyard to bottle, this wine is a true expression of vineyard. 

Melanie Brown (Decanter Magazine): Bewitching floral purity on the nose. Impressive depth of character which is enhanced by well-managed oak that is beautifully with the silky tannins to give a fresh, elegant finish." 95/100 points

Christine Parkinson (Decanter Magazine): "
Cafe au lait notes are woven around cooked damson flavours, giving a round, supple wine. The tannins are fleshy and gorgeously smooth." 95/100 points

Philip Tuck MW (Decanter Magazine): "Lusciously deep, mineral and attractive. A core of fruit structure and superbly integrated oak tannins. Great attitude, confidence and poise." 95/100 points

 

Decanter Magazine's Outstanding UK Sparkling Wine: 96/100 points

 

Sugrue Pierre 'The Trouble With Dreams' Brut, East Sussex 2011 - £38.00

Decanter: From a small 1ha vineyard at Storrington Priory at the foot of the South Downs, some on chalk and some on sandy greensand, this wine is a great example of a classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend. It has a backbone of acidity along with ripe Pinot fruit and a palate-pleasing level of dosage, helping to hit all the right spots. Ace winemaker Dermot Sugrue has certainly come up trumps with this wine from his own personal label, and produced a wine that while drinking well now, has the power to last for a lot longer. 

Decanter (Stephen Skelton MW): "Fantastic! Fruit to the fore and huge length. Perfect!!97 points

Decanter (Richard Hemming MW): "Sweet, ripe juicy nose with an attractive stone fruit character. Soft easy-drinking structure. Really enjoyable." 95 points

Decanter (Justin Howard-Sneyd MW): "Fair, bready nose. Broad open palate with some definition." 95 points

 

Decanter Magazine's Top-Scoring Gigondas: 'Outstanding', 18.5/20 points (95/100 points)

Domaine de Coyeux Gigondas, Rhone, France 2012 - £28.00

Top Gigondas in Decanter Magazine's Panel Tasting from 83 tasted!

Decanter
(Jonathan Livingstone-Learmonth): "Swish Gigondas with swashbuckling flair. The nose will give plenty in time; for now there are hints of blue fruit and iodine. Expressive with bright berry fruit and precise tannins."

Decanter (Simon Field MW): "A bold and uncompromising style; tannins and menthol character are both in evidence. Shows dark fruit and savoury power that are held nicely in suspension.
An accomplished piece of work. Richly traditional, with a vestigial rawness tempered by the sheer quality of the fruit, along with a sweetly savoury finish -  deliciously contradictory, just delicious in fact. A great match for a plate of game." 18.5/20 points (95/100 points)

Decanter
(Marcel Orford-Williams): "The vineyards of Gigondas, Vacqueyras and the Beaumes-de-Venise touch one another at this point. This estate's production of Gigondas is small, but the quality here was excellent, and it is well worth seeking out." 18.5/20 points (95/100 points)

"Former owner Yves Nativelle built up this estate - in the beautiful heights of Beaumes-de-Venise, around the back of the Dentelles - to more than 60ha of Muscat, with a small patch of Gigondas and some Beaumes red. However the decision to paint a cellar beam resulted in an airborne bacterial infection that lasted years, with the wines slipping off the radar and the vineyard suffering neglect. Sold in 2013, the de Feraudy brothers are reviving it; the 2012 Gigondas is a juicy, stylish wine with notes of pine and lavender." 

 

Featured in Decanter Expert Choice 'Alternative Australia' - Sarah Ahmed's top 18 wines: 

Adelina Grenache, Clare Valley, Australia 2012 - £24.00

Decanter Magazine's 'Top Australian 2012 Reds': "Sourced form a 0.8ha block planted more than 70 years ago, the lower yields in 2012 mean this beauty is in short supply. The mellow, haunting aromas of red plum and raspberry are entwined with more lifted elements of dried wild flowers and sandalwood. The palate has a lithe, juicy and very composed shape – flavours follow in the tangy berry spectrum. This is powerful yet contained and it will age superbly." 19/20 pts (96/100 pts)

Sarah Ahmed (writing for Decanter): "Violets and sandalwood, sweet plum and raspberry, slinky tannins and minerally acidity. Captivating!"19/20 pts (96/100 pts)

 

Featured in Decanter's 'Portugal: whites to excite' - Sarah Ahmed's top 22 exciting wines from Portugal:

Conceito, Douro Superior 2013 - £32.00

 

Decanter Magazine: "Classy French oak; powerful ripe lemon, lemon oil and salty, piquant minerality take the breath away. Wonderful concentration and length. Drink 2015-2020. Alc: 13%" 95 points

 

Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut Champagne NV - £32.00
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Decanter Magazine (top festive buys, January issue 2014): “This cuvee is a great introduction to this small family house that specialises in Chardonnay. This wine offers richness but also subtle, white floral notes. It spent three years on its lees and was bottled with very low dosage. Very vinous with a nice mouthfeel. Great Price!”17.75/20

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: “The NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is a supple wine graced with exquisite textural finesse and elegance. Varietal Chardonnay notes flow effortlessly from this soft, caressing Champagne.”

Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015“Fourny’s mandate of purity and precision shimmers in lemon zest, grapefruit pith, fresh pear, crunchy white peach and granny smith apple of soap-powder brightness. Pristine fruit expression, wonderful concentration and refinement are upheld at every moment, propelled by the texture and depth of barrel-aged reserves, adding hints of roast nuts and a suggestion of anise. A long, soft, salty mineral finish speaks clearly of the terroir of Vertus.” 94/100 points

James Halliday: “Veuve Fourny is a small family-owned estate business offering great value for money. A flowery bouquet with citrus zest, hints of spice and toast; a long, intense palate with some nutty/biscuit notes before a vivid, fresh finish. This is a lovely, lissom Blanc de Blancs.” 95/100 points